Sidcup 3 v Gravesend 5 – 25.2.15

On Wednesday, Sidcup 3 lost their unbeaten run of 5 matches and lost to Gravesend 3 1 in what seemed an easy win for Gravesend.

I think we were still having a hangover from winning the division and looking forward to a home tie in the semi finals against who is yet to be decided. The Mid East Section of the Fuller league looks very tight and could be decided on the last matches played in the division.

Sidcup (playing White on the odd boards 1 & 3) got off to a good start with Keith Thompson playing his normal Caro Kann defence for Black; he had a good win against Paul Loasby who was left with a weak centre pawn which Keith was able to attack. After his opening, he was left with a weak pawn but Paul was unable to attack this. (See attached game.)

This was the only success of the evening for Sidcup who were struggling to get another win to earn a draw to protect there unbeaten run.

Lee Brockwell playing black lost to Peter Belka in what was a reversal of fortunes for him as he had won the away tie against Peter.

Ken (still suffering from the virus he had last week) lost in a hard fought game against Nav Bansal (120).

Sarah, playing white, was against John Fowers who used a Pirc Defence Classical system which Sarah found very hard to break down. She went down after a very hard struggle and resigned when she could not stop John’s A pawn from going to the eighth rank and becoming a queen.

We have 2 more matches to play in the league and hope to have got over our blip and carry on with our winning ways.

Keith Thompson

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